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Series of draws costs Rovers

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After the break Rovers had the advantage of playing with the wind at their back but failed to make an impression on the United defence

Picture: Neville Motlhabakwe

De Aar’s United Rovers managed to get a late equalising goal against Colville United at the AR Abass Stadium on Saturday afternoon when it looked certain that the Kimberley side would walk away with the three points in their ABC Motsepe League fixture.

This is the third consecutive draw for Rovers, a result that sees them slip down from first position to third spot on the inland segment of the dual stream third tier conference.

Rovers had closed the first part of the season in December with a 1-all draw against Kuruman’s Maruping United. After the break they started the second part of the season with a goalless draw against Kuruman Kicks.

What also contributed to Rovers being shaken off the top spot is the 2-0 result that then second-placed NC Liverpool secured against Kuruman Kicks on the same day. Liverpool now top the log with 22 points to Rovers’ 21.

On Saturday the De Aar side Rovers found the going tough in the first half against a well prepared and organised Colville United side who also played with the wind at their back. About midway through the first half Faiez Peterson beat the Rovers keeper to give Colville the lead.

After the break Rovers had the advantage of playing with the wind at their back but failed to make an impression on the United defence.

It was only deep into the second half that Rovers brought on super substitute Rowen Fredericks to marshal the midfield.

This paid off, and with about five minutes to full time Fredericks put Moeneeb Mackay into space, and Mackay lobbed the ball over the advancing United goalkeeper and Rovers equalised.

Though the match tempo went up a notch with Rovers desperate to secure the vital three points and United doggedly defending there was no addition to the score and the points were shared.